Co-gen comment time moved to November 3
More than one hundred residents attended an open house earlier this month concerning the proposed BP cogeneration plant.
The notice of the new deadline for written comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been set for November 3. The public and other reviewers of the proposed project can provide comments regarding the DEIS to the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) or Bonneville.
On September 5, 2003, EFSEC and Bonneville Power Administration jointly issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed BP Cherry Point Cogeneration Project,�a 720-megawatt gas-fired combined cycle cogeneration facility near Birch Bay and associated interconnection�into the regional power transmission grid.
�The analysis in the DEIS was undertaken to meet the direction of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for state and private lands, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other relevant federal laws and regulations for federal permits and approvals.�
The DEIS is available to interested persons free of charge.� Copies may be requested by contacting the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, at 956-2121, P.O. Box 43172, Olympia, WA 98504-3172. The DEIS is also available in electronic format on the internet at www.efsec.wa.gov.
For those wishing to voice their opinion on the project, comments should be as specific as possible and may address the adequacy of the DEIS or the merits of alternatives discussed, or both.�
Commentors are encouraged to supply relevant additional information, respond to the methodologies and processes identified in the DEIS, and/or respond to the mitigation measures identified.�Comments on this document must be postmarked by November 3, 2003.�
Bonneville and EFSEC will review and respond to all comments and intend to publish a final EIS during the winter of 2003. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection.
Comments should be sent to: Allen Fiksdal, manager, Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, P.O. Box 43172, Olympia, WA� 98504-3172 or BP Cherry Point Project Comments, BPA Communications Office KC-7, P.O. Box 14428, Portland, OR 97293-4428.
For further information regarding this proposal, you may also contact Irina Makarow at 956-2047or Tom McKinney at 503/230-4749.�You may access the draft EIS and find more information about the project and the responsible agencies on the Bonneville web site at www.efw. bpa.gov and the EFSEC web site at www.efsec.wa.gov.�
Copies of the BP Cherry Point Application for Site Certification, EFSEC No. 2002-01 and this draft EIS are also available for public review at the Blaine library.